The Cleveland Tigers baseball team came off a big weekend winning the Ripley Tournament to play a very good Metro Christian team. Masen McCurry took the mound and was solid as usual. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind a steady dose of small ball, getting down bunts and stealing bases.
The defense was good, but Metro not use to losing, put on a charge and scored 4 behind some hits and a long home run. Kealen Glasgow went in to steady the ship on the hill and the Tigers fought back. Kyler Kauk got on base and the pressure was on. Brandon Figura drew a walk and the boys found themselves on second and third with 2 outs. That brought catcher Kaidyn Ready to the plate. Ready doubled down the line to score the 2 go ahead runs. Glasgow promptly closed the game on the mound and the Tigers got a huge district win.
“I wondered how the boys would come out after playing so well over the weekend. They showed some maturity and got it done again. Guys are getting on base and our big guns are driving them in,” said Coach Mike Allen.
A quick turnaround sent the Tigers to Metro Christian on Tuesday. Harlan Roberts took the mound and did well, but a couple errors got the Metro bats rolling. They poured on 12 runs behind a very strong pitching performance out of a really good senior. The Tigers could not get the hits early to keep them in the game and dropped the game 12-0.
“We faced a team determined after we beat them the previous day, and they were not going to be denied,” said Allen.
The Tigers face a big week coming up with district games versus Cushing and the Cushing Tournament. The Tigers are currently 9-7 and look to improve as the season progresses.
The Lady Tigers golfers placed fourth out of 12 teams at the Seminole Tournament last Monday. Halle Frazier placed eighth individually.
The Tigers competed at Miami (Peoria Ridge) last Monday, the same course they will compete at for Regionals later in the season. Jace Evans is the team’s only returning player and will have a leadership role in helping young, less experienced players. J. Evans 91, B. Gilbert 110, S. Bevill 129, CD Thorton 126, H. Frazier 116.
Later in the week, the Tigers finished 3rd overall at the Stroud Tournament. Jace Evans placed 5th place and shot 89. Bryce Gilbert tied for 10th with a 100. Seth Bevill shot 110, Hunter Frazier 116 and Evan Carroll 126.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but this team will continue to work and get better each week. Practices have been good; guys are out there working each day to improve,” said Coach Daniel Brimmer. “My assistant coach, Clint Hill, is a former golf pro that helps them every single day. He knows his stuff and the kids need to take advantage of it.” Next week the Tigers go to Pawnee and Perkins.
Cleveland soccer teams took on Mingo Valley Christian Academy Tuesday night at Billy Vessels Stadium.
The Lady Tigers battled hard in the first half and had several scoring opportunities but failed to find the back of the net. Mingo Valley scored just before half time to take the lead. The Lady Tigers came back out strong and tied the game with a long goal by Haliey Pickle. Mingo Valley countered 5 minutes later to take a 1-2 lead but the Lady Tigers once again were able to tie it up with a goal by Tristen Fields. With about 8 minutes left in the game, Mingo Valley took a 2-3 lead. The Lady Tigers battled back to tie it up at 2 minutes left with a goal by Brooke Vanwagner. This sent the game into a shootout where the Lady Tigers came up short as Mingo Valley beat them 0-3 in the shootout. This drops the Lady Tigers record to 2-3 on the year.
The Tigers were able to take a quick 4-0 lead in their game with two goals by Hunter Sizemore and two by Dallas King. Mingo Valley scored two quick goals before half time and the Tigers added to the score with goals by Zach Neely and Dylan Edwards, giving them a 6-2 lead. After halftime, the Tigers continued to play strong and added to their lead with goals from Dallas King and Michal Selecky. Mingo Valley was able to hold the Tigers from scoring and the Tigers took the 8-2 win, improving their record 4-1.
Tiger soccer players participated in the Collinsville Tournament last week. The Lady Tigers faced the host school in their first round match and struggled to find the back of the net, losing the first game. In their second game, the Lady Tigers played East Central and played very well. They were able to put constant pressure on their opponent for most of the game, but a late foul allowed East Central to score the game’s only goal on a free kick with 4 minutes left. The Lady Tigers finished the tournament strong with a decisive win against Webster High School. Cleveland held the possession for most the game and had no trouble finding the back of the net, winning easily 4-0. They placed 7th in the tournament.
The Tigers played against Collinsville in their first round game. Cleveland took the lead with a goal from Dallas King. Collinsville battled back with a late goal and added another goal off a penalty kick to beat the Tigers 1-3. In their second game, the Tigers took on Locust Grove. Cleveland came out strong and was able to maintain possession throughout the game. They were able to find the back of the net and take a commanding 5-0 lead. Kaden Hannah kept the shutout complete, keeping Locust Grove from scoring off a penalty kick.
The Tigers played 6A Broken Arrow JV for their final game. In their most physical game of the tournament, Cleveland went up 1-0 at halftime from a goal by Dallas King. King added a second goal in the second half to make the final score 2-0. The Tigers placed 5th.
Monday night the Tigers took on 6A Ponca City JV. The Lady Tigers played extremely well and were able to give themselves several scoring chances in the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Wildcats scored 1 before halftime, giving them the early lead. Cleveland continued to play well, but once again missed several scoring opportunities. The Wildcats added to their lead with 2 more goals, making the final score 0-3.
The Tigers had one of their most challenging games of the season against Ponca City. Cleveland came out strong and continually put pressure on the Wildcat defense with 2 goals from Dallas King. After halftime, the Wildcats came out strong and caught the Tigers a little flatfooted. Cleveland was not able to get any momentum going and gave up to goals to the Wildcats to make the score 2-2 going into the final minutes of the game. The Tigers got their second wind and with more pressure put on the Wildcat defense, they were able to win a corner kick at 2:00 minutes left in the game. With a perfectly placed kick by Connor Richmond, Hunter Sizemore was able to get his head on the ball and find the back of the net, giving the Tigers the 3-2 win.
The Tigers travel to Coweta on April 8. The Tigers will play their last home game on April 11 against Glenpool JV and will celebrate Senior Night.
The Cleveland Tigers track team competed at the Greg Thomas Invitational Bulldogger High School Track Meet in Dewey.
Alexi Hastings and Ben Potts both placed 1st in Pole Vault, 8’6” and 13’6” respectively. Bailey Layman placed 2nd in the 800m Run and 2nd in the 1600m Run. Elizabeth Maker placed 3rd in the 800m Run, one second behind Layman, and placed 3rd in the 1600m Run. The Girls 3200m Relay placed 3rd (Brittany Hughes, Chelsey Hughes, Elizabeth Maker, Bailey Layman). Asher Brewer placed 3rd in the boys 400m Run.
The Tigers will compete at Catoosa on April 5 and OBU (Shawnee) on April 9.